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Scholar Droid – a useful app for searching Google Scholar on smartphone

Scholar Droid – a useful app for searching Google Scholar on smartphone | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The use of Scholar Droid is very simple and quite efficient. The user can write any keywords in the search field and determine the content format: be it article or book. The app displays the results from Google Scholar in one column feed. The articles or books can be downloaded or displayed through the app.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool for Android users.

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Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management

Class Charts - seating plans and behavior management | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

With Class Charts you get data rich seating charts and streamlined behaviour management. You can even collaborate with other teachers and work as a team to tackle behaviour.
And it's 100% free!

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a really useful classroom management tool. Similar to http://www.classdojo.com/ but with a more 'grown up' interface.

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Maria Lupandina's curator insight, April 20, 2013 4:27 PM

Удобный инструмент для управления поведением и даже успеваемостью учеников. Ученики "награждаются" баллами за проявление своей активности на уроке, как положительной так и отрицательной. В итоге выводятся таблицы, которые можно отправить родителям. На этом сайте есть возможность по умному рассадить учеников за партами, учитывая заданные критерии. Коллеги одной школы действуют с одними и теми же учениками, необходимо только выслать приглашение на сайт.

На выбор предлагается английский или испанский язык интерфейса, к сожалению, снова без русского.

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Deb's curator insight, May 4, 2013 10:38 PM

Classroom management.

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ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software

ActiveTextbook | Interactive Textbook Software | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Active Textbook provides educators with the tools to extend and customize digital learning materials, making them truly engaging for effective learning outcomes. Students can interact with customized content and cooperate with their peers using built-in social learning tools available on a variety of computing devices.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a good idea. Users can create digital text books based around adding multimedia interactivity to PDF files. These can be combined into courses and then groups of students can interact around the text.

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, June 19, 2013 9:25 PM
Great share!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anne Fox's comment, June 20, 2013 8:26 AM
The price is good compared to other options such as Inkling
Christin Lopez's curator insight, October 23, 2014 12:15 PM

This site provides a way to have an online textbook that you can share with students. Even in the free edition, there are upgrade charges for features and more storage, you can create and join classes. 

 

It looks like this has the potential to be a great resource, but I found trouble right away while searching for a couple topics that I currently teach. There are not textbooks that have tags that help me find what I was looking for. This made me question if the information is on the site and not tagged, or is it too new that others have not uploaded information. I thought that the software creators would have obtained copyright privileges for a number of topics to start the site out. They would have been seed ideas to get the ball rolling. For you to upload PDFs, you need to have the copyright permissions. So while the potential is there for individualizing, it is not a quick jump right into it. 

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Dreamboard - Discover yourself through your dream tracking

Dreamboard - Discover yourself through your dream tracking | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

A fun, secure and beautiful free tool to journal and analyze your dreams on web and mobile

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This might be a nice tool to use to get your students writing about their dreams in Englsh It could also lead to some interesting conversation in class. It works across platforms too.

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John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 2:37 PM
Something I'll share with the English teachers on staff. Thanks Nik.
John Purificati's curator insight, March 30, 2013 2:37 PM

Good stuff.

 

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Jeopardy Template | Jeopardy Game | Jeopardy Online Game

Jeopardy Template | Jeopardy Game | Jeopardy Online Game | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Make your own jeopardy template easily without PowerPoint, or play jeopardy games created by other people
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a free tool for creating online Jeopardy games to play with students. It could also be a good project to get students to build their own games for each other.

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MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 29, 2013 2:27 AM

I want this to work so badly! I always struggle with getting the powerpoints to function glitch free!

Ellen Graber's comment, March 29, 2013 7:11 PM
I can't wait to try this one out!
Ellen Graber's curator insight, March 29, 2013 7:12 PM

This looks like a great way to review vocabulary for TKT exams, concept checks, or turn a boring lesson into a fun one. Check it out.

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wideo - Anyone can make cool videos.

wideo - Anyone can make cool videos. | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
A new tool to make cool videos. You just choose a template, insert objects, animate and share! Go meet Mr. Wideo :)
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a very easy to use tool for creating animated videos. Great for creating short explanation videos or animated infographics.

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Portia Chandler's curator insight, March 29, 2013 12:24 PM

If you like online videos, take a look at this!

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 8:23 PM
Just great!!!!!!!!!!
Elena Keating's curator insight, August 13, 2013 1:38 AM

There seem to be several different sources to assist in making presentations interesting. The challenge for digital dinosaurs is being able to use and adapt them.

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Paper for the Web | Padlet

Paper for the Web | Padlet | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

We give you a blank wall.
You put anything you want on it, anywhere.
Simple, yet powerful.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is the newly redesigned and renamed Wallwisher. I have to say I'm impressed. It's much more user freindly and easy to adapt nd the design is far more elegant. Can't wait to start using this for student projects. You can see the article with teaching suggestions that  wrote on Wallwisher here: http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2009/04/using-online-sticky-noticeboards.html

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Laura Conley's curator insight, March 26, 2013 2:02 PM

Padlet is great! It has so many uses! Students can collaborate on a wall, create a project and share it with the class, and so much more. Our students find it quick to learn and creative to use.

MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 29, 2013 2:24 AM

The "new" and imporved Wallwisher!

MrsM's curator insight, April 1, 2013 10:14 PM

Great to be used both on a pad or an IWB to brainstorm ideas, quicker to use than a mapmind app; as a noticeboard; in a traditional classroom or in a flipped classroom.

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QuestBase | Create on-line and printed assessments, quizzes, exams, surveys

QuestBase | Create on-line and printed assessments, quizzes, exams, surveys | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
QuestBase gives you the freedom to ask. Whether you need to create quizzes, tests, assessments, exams or get feedback from surveys and polls, QuestBase helps you save time. Millions of questions (and counting) published and printed with QuestBase!
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an excellent and simple to use free tool for creating assessment tests, quizzes and surveys that integrate multimedia online elements. Very easy to use.

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 8:26 PM
Nick -Great!!!!!!!!!!
Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, April 29, 2013 8:26 PM
Nick -Great!!!!!!!!!!
MURIEL LESELBAUM's curator insight, November 23, 2013 4:57 PM

bienvenue aux outils de travail collaboratifs : à tester d'abord bien sûr !

 

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Collective.li - Share Your Life Magazine

Collect, organize and share - a great new way to express your interests.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a bit like Pinterest, but with a purpose. You can form your collections of images, videos and texts into collections and present them as online magazines. This is a great tool for student projects. the down side is that you have to register through Facebook.

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Lyn Doolan's curator insight, March 26, 2013 2:11 AM

thanks for another great looking tool

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Send FREE video messages with Six3

Send FREE video messages with Six3 | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Send free video messages with Six3 for iPhone, PC & Mac. Video messages are the best way to stay in touch with friends & family.
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great free tool for doing speaking activities. You can record spoken video messages of up to 63 seconds. Great for short homework tasks. The messages can be posted through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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becool's curator insight, March 14, 2013 8:27 AM

Kan interessant zijn, maar is 63 seconden voldoende?

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Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary

Vidtionary: A Video Dictionary | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
See and hear the meaning
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a useful video dictionary for lower level learners.

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:07 PM

Great contribution to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:17 AM

Great tool for reaching visual and auditory learners!

Mrs Le Roy's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:15 AM

un dictionnaire où on peut voir et entendre le sens des mots !

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Organize and Present Ideas using Mind Maps

Organize and Present Ideas using Mind Maps | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like an interesting mind mapping tool. Well worth checking out.

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becool's curator insight, March 12, 2013 9:38 AM

Een nieuwe Mindmap tool, wie wil die eens uittesten?

slesch's comment, March 12, 2013 12:46 PM
Neat tool to create a presentation from a mindmap, but cost associated
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 16, 2013 8:26 PM

another online mind mapping tool

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9Slides iPad App

9Slides iPad App | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Professional Sales & Employee Training Tool, to create interactive presentations for ipads, iphone, android and more.
Nik Peachey's insight:

9 Slides enables you to import presentations, add video commentar from your iPad and then export your finished presentations to the web. Great tool for creating flipped learning or for completing project work assignments.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, March 23, 2013 3:21 PM

Beside using it for blended learning, it can be a good way to practice for a  presentation.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 23, 2013 3:35 PM

Use this one to record your presentation along with your lesson ppts and post  them to your website. Students who miss class will be able to get the whole presentation, not just your slides. This would also be helpful to parents helping students with homework as well. 

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Spell Better for iPad - Instantly improve writing and spelling

Spell Better for iPad - Instantly improve writing and spelling | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Spell Better offers a range of advanced features to help improve writing and spelling..

Context and Phonetic Spell CheckerWord Prediction and Auto-CompletionText-to-Speech with Word HighlightingIntegrated English dictionaryDyslexia Optimized fontsExport notes to Email and Clipboard

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful free app. Not so sure that it will instantly improve spelling, but it may well help.

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Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People

Mural.ly - Google Docs for Visual People. Thousands of creative people from all over the world are using Mural.ly to grow ideas.
Nik Peachey's insight:

More like Wallwisher or Glogster than Google docs, but looks pretty good.

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Ania Zielinska's comment, April 10, 2013 2:47 AM
oops got my canvases mixed up - meant to say http://www.edcanvas.com/
Alessandra's comment, April 10, 2013 4:02 AM
Ania, I don't know if a mobile app is available for apple (it's not for windows yet). It's very smooth, I agree. It reminds me of Prezi and Glogster, as well :)
Nik Peachey's comment, May 7, 2013 12:07 PM
Mural.ly runs natively in the Safari browser on mobile as it's html5 based
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Have fun telling your story | Tellagami

Have fun telling your story | Tellagami | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile storytelling platform. Create and share a short story in seconds. Download our free app!
Nik Peachey's insight:

I wrote about Xtranormal years back (See http://nikpeachey.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/text-to-speech-movies-for-efl-esl.html ) and have really enjoyed their products. as great to see that they now have this very simple to use storytelling app for short messages. Love it!

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Virtual TV Media (VTM)'s comment, April 1, 2013 9:56 PM
This is not Machinima but it is fun!
Metty Antony's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:36 AM

Xtranormal is a great hit with students

Maria Lupandina's curator insight, April 8, 2013 9:11 PM

Занимательная вещь, способная увлечь детей лет 10-13. Сайт переводит вас к приложению для iOS, собственно только в виде приложения всё и работает. Можно создавать короткие анимированные ролики, записывая свой голос или набирая текст. Объем текста ограничен. Говорят персонажи только по-английски. Полезно будет для напоминания о домашней работе, о различных кратких правилах или исключениях. Ученики могут использовать это приложение на уроках или дома, создавая свои мини-ролики. А им это, безусловно, понравится!

 

Только английский язык.

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Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder – Record any audio online with one click

Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder – Record any audio online with one click | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Apowersoft Online Audio Recorder is the best free audio recording software. It can record any sound from various audio input. One of its biggest advantages is that it is 100% free without no time limitations!
Nik Peachey's insight:

It doesn't make this very clear, but it also records screen activity at the same time too. Looks like it works better on PC than Mac as it's harder to get the full interface on the Mac.

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Ruth Bass's curator insight, March 29, 2013 8:38 PM

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LJPSaveSaveSave's curator insight, May 21, 2013 1:05 AM

A useful tool for those who made the leap from Windows XP to Windows 7 (or 8) and desperately need the "What U Hear" feature back in their lives...

LJPSaveSaveSave's comment, May 23, 2013 2:42 AM
This is the most awesome thing in the universe for people who own Windows 7. I tried it out and it actually works the same as "What U Hear"
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Welcome to Myndbook Mind Maps, Note Maps, & Concept Maps, Online Free

Welcome to Myndbook Mind Maps, Note Maps, & Concept Maps, Online Free | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Here is an introduction to MyndBook - the best visual note mapping software on the web! Comprehend complex concepts
Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like quite a simple to use mindmapping solution.

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becool's curator insight, March 26, 2013 8:57 AM

Lijkt me een heel interessante tool en gebruiksvriendelijker dan Popplet.

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Educational App Store

Educational App Store | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it
Mobile Learning, Anytime, Anywhere
Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a great website to find educational apps for any mobile platform. It's easy to search by platform, keywords or topic and then you can just scan QR codes to download the apps.

 

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Kathy Benson's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:44 PM

I like that you can search by student age and subject.

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MyBuckets

MyBuckets | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

The application allows you to connect to Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter, bringing all of your feeds into one central location. Not only does it provide a one-stop shop for these social networks, it allows you to group friends/followings across these networks into individual "buckets”. A bucket can be anything from one person you know, to a group such as family or co-workers, or even just a description like sports. The buckets you create or your connected social network feeds can be displayed, which enables you to see and act upon a real time listing of posts coming from each service.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This site enables you to manage all your social network connections from one place. Could be pretty useful for you and your students if you are taking social networking seriously.

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DemmyAnd's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:27 PM

Something students mightbe interested in...

DemmyAnd's comment, March 19, 2013 11:28 PM
Is there an android app for this?
MelodyJenningsBowers's curator insight, March 29, 2013 2:22 AM

Will set this up as a test to see if it might help or complicate...

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Songdrop

Songdrop | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

With Songdrop you can make playlists with songs from YouTube, Soundcloud, Vevo and blogs, so you can keep track of the songs and music videos you discover, as you discover them.

 

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a nice way to collect together and share music videos for your students to watch and listen to.

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DemmyAnd's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:31 PM

Students will very much appreciate this one 

DemmyAnd's comment, March 19, 2013 11:32 PM
same question here; any android apps?
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Snapchat - Real-time Picture Chatting for iOS and Android

Snapchat - Real-time Picture Chatting for iOS and Android | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Real-time picture chatting is finally available on iPhone®!
Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment with friends.

You control how long your friends can view your message –
simply set the timer up to ten seconds and send.

They’ll have that long to view your message and then it disappears forever.
We’ll let you know if they take a screenshot!

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is supposed to be the big new thing that teens are into. Great way of communicating through text and pictures.

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CindyDunlevy's curator insight, May 2, 2013 5:54 PM

This is fun - kind of like Instagram but the photos and videos disappear after they are viewed. Viva la moment!

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Oh!Soft(ohsoft.net) - Free screen capture software for Windows

Oh!Soft(ohsoft.net) - Free screen capture software for Windows | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Free screen capture software for Windows

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks a bit basic but certainly functional. Great for creating software tutorials.

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Cindy Rudy's curator insight, March 17, 2013 6:21 PM

Storytelling via screencasting.

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Autodesk 123D Design

Autodesk 123D Design | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Let's take complexity out of the equation.

Go have fun making stuff.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This is a simple to use free 3D modeling software. It can be downloaded for PC, MAC or iPad. Great for creating 3D models

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Recorder for Skype & ICQ history saver. IM Chat & Voice Recorder - record Skype calls + telephone recording

Recorder for Skype & ICQ history saver. IM Chat & Voice Recorder - record Skype calls + telephone recording | Tools for Teachers & Learners | Scoop.it

Record and save your Skype audio calls to your computer in high-quality MP3 audio format for free. Automatically archive your Skype chats to the cloud for free.

Nik Peachey's insight:

This looks like a useful tool for recording audio materials and tutorials on Skype etc.

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becool's curator insight, March 12, 2013 9:41 AM

Kan interessant zijn om mondelinge examens af te nemen en te vermijden dat er achteraf discussies ontstaan over wat er gezegd werd.

Die neem ik!

John Rudkin's curator insight, July 11, 2013 9:26 AM

Windows only.  What a shame.

Hugo Callens's curator insight, April 18, 2014 8:39 AM

Zie ook:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/how-to-record-a-skype-call-on-your-pc-or-mac/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-quickest-easiest-way-to-record-skype-calls-for-mac-and-windows/

http://sco.lt/8AXTRR